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Old 02-12-2007, 09:25 PM   #1
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toe up problem
i asked this very same question a while back, but i can't find the post, so forgive me.

i am working on the universal toe-up from knitty and i managed to make the very same mistake again... when you are working the wrapped stitches, the rows begin with W&T and then a Sl1... i may or may not have done a few of the sl1's, but when i was done with all of the wrapped stitches, realized i'd stopped some time ago... is this okay? the picture below shows the side, is that why it looks like that or is that close to normal? and the million dollar question, do i purposely skip the sl1's on sock 2 (assuming i don't rip this one out, which i might because i think i lost a stitch when i pulled out the chain, which i also have trouble with, any hints? i picked up something in its place, maybe it was the stitch i lost, who knows...) or do i do the pattern correctly on sock 2?

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Old 02-13-2007, 12:41 AM   #2
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I've done a couple of pairs toe-up and it looks reasonable to me, perhaps a bit odd but that could be because of the colour pattern in the wool. Most importantly, it looks like it works fine as a toe and isn't about to disintegrate. It's up to you. If you are slightly anal and won't be happy wearing a sock that you know didn't quite follow the pattern you meant to use, then rip it out before you waste any more work. If you don't care just as long as it makes a good toe, then leave it in. I'd leave it in myself.

Again, if it would bother you to have two toes that were made slightly differently, do the second to match. I would prefer to try to follow the pattern to get better at doing socks correctly from a pattern and understanding how they're normally done. Do whatever you prefer - but don't think that you should rip just because you did the pattern differently: if they are the right shape and don't have holes, nothing wrong with keeping them.
(However if the mistake has given you a different stitch count it's a good idea to increase or decrease to get back to the number the pattern describes at this point.)
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Old 02-13-2007, 12:49 AM   #3
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If it were me, I would go back and redo it. But I am meticulous about that stuff. It actually looks fine to me. All I do are toe up socks. But if I knew that I messed up, I would redo it.

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I'd probably redo it too, though I'm weird that way. I think most people would consider it a "design feature" and move on. (If you can make the other sock match, it will strengthen your argument that it's a design element.)

One downside of frogging socks is that since the yarn is fairly fine, it often gets kinky -- if you decide to go that way, you'll want to straighten it out before starting to knit again or your tension may turn out really wonky. (I think grumperina had a pic of this phenonmenon on her site.) All you need to do is make a small hank (I make one out of the kinky part when it's still connected to the rest of the skein), wet it, smooth it out, and let it dry. If the kinks are stubborn, hang a small weight on the bottom of the hank while it's drying.

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